Newsletter for Sunday, November 29
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Hello, gorgeous Clark Park autumn tree, it’s me; photo via @sofsmilne on Instagram
ULTIMO COFFEE’S TOFFOGATO IS THE BUZZIEST DESSERT IN AMERICA RIGHT NOW
What’s better than pie, sweeter than espresso, and more cozy than a glass of milk? Move over, Cronut, because the answer is the country’s newest hot dessert mashup, and it’s only available at Ultimo Coffee in Philadelphia. The Toffogato is part Stargazy sticky toffee pudding, part single-origin espresso and part Lancaster County cream. Check it out here, then head out to try it — you’ll score both bragging rights and a delicious buzz.
SEPTA POLICE CHIEF’S TWEET OFFERING AMNESTY WORKS TO GET CELL PHONE RETURNED
Thomas Nestel III has received plenty of attention for the forward-thinking policies he uses to run Philly’s Transit Police, from his decision to implement body cameras early to his social media sourcing of tips and reporting of those he arrests (aka, gives a #cheesesandwich). Over the holiday weekend, a cell phone was mistakenly left behind on a SEPTA station bench, and someone nabbed it in full view of surveillance cameras. Instead of prosecute for the misdemeanor, Nestel on Friday morning put out an offer of amnesty in a tweet: Return the phone by Dec. 4 and you won’t get arrested. Whaddya know, it worked. Just over 24 hours later, Nestel reported (in another tweet) that the phone was returned. The story was recapped well by NBC 10, but it was also picked up by the AP, and showed up on sites serving areas as far away as San Francisco.
ON THE CALENDAR
Midtown Village's most chillax bar is finally old enough to drink. The birthday party features live jazz downstairs and Live Band Karaoke on the upstairs stage — perfect for living out your fantasy of being a rock star.
Where: Fergie's Pub at 1214 Sansom St. 19107
When: November 30, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
After a year in biz near the intersection of Frankford and Girard, this spot is doing away with dinner hours to fully embrace its bruncherie side. Get free coffee and bites from the new menu at the grand reopening on Tuesday.
Where: Girard at 300 E. Girard Ave. 19125
When: December 1, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Dare to learn how the sausage is made. Master butcher and sustainable meat expert Bryan Mayer is leading a class on how to grind and stuff your own at the library's Culinary Literary Center. Advance tickets are required.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St. 19103
When: December 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $25
Carolers and live music will spark up the night on East Passyunk at the annual tree lighting celebration, and holiday treats from EPA restaurants will sweeten the deal.
Where: Singing Fountain at 11th St. & East Passyunk Ave. 19147
When: December 3, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Holiday decorations add an even warmer glow if you make 'em yourself. Register for a spot at Greensgrow Farms' workshop in Kensington and gain Martha Stewart-level skillz. Tickets include a wreath frame and greens.
Where: Greensgrow Farms at 2501 E. Cumberland St. 19125
When: December 4, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $35